Thursday, May 17, 2012

Infinitesimal

'Infinity' - A Film written and directed by Akhil Khandeparkar in which I got to enact a character.Had a great time on this film.


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Possible SPOILER ALERT so READ AFTER WATCHING the clip:

Working on this film was great fun. I knew Akhil had been wanting to make a film based on a dialogue centric script that delved into the darker corners of the human psyche for quite some time. So it came as no great surprise when he showed me the initial drafts of Infinity,(which itself had derived from something else far more deranged).And then one day he comes to me and says "Hey Alok, you've got a small role in the film".
I passed it off as some little cameo thingy that we all oblige to when our friends shoot a film .Little did I expect it to require hours of rehearsal and , even worse, lines of dialogue. Over the next week we discussed the film and its characters and the script underwent a lot of subtle alterations. I even got to write my own lines. I played the protagonist's ( Viraj's) ambitious, artistically inclined,passionate and somewhat anglicanised side of personality. All went smooth till rehearsals started and I realized I had trouble remembering the lines and projecting my voice loud enough.Unlike "An Ode to Solace" where the acting and the lines came far easier (cos I wrote and directed the darn thing!), here I had to try real hard just to make sure that I don't screw up someone else's film! Infact for the amount of dialogues I had (just a page) compared to the other guys' (tons of scribbles and pages of crummy text), I sure took up a lot of the director's time during rehearsal. But I guess it did pay off eventually.(though I still cant bear to see myself on screen). God bless Editing in Cinema.

Special thanks to Nikhita Prabhudesai as well,who by now am sure can recite my lines even in her sleep,for just listening n not laughing. It was a proper taste at acting in a film.Wouldn't mind giving it another shot sometime again ;) .(provided the director is willing to cope with all my Stanislavski crap of course).

The film was shot on the amazing Canon 5D (using its godawfully designed body-ache gifting rig).
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"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
-Stella Adler

1 comment:

Nikhita said...

I loved it. Brilliant acting from everyone, esp. you and Tushar (Adesh). And Akhil never fails at his brilliant direction!